The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 117 new films from every corner of the world. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. This is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.
Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth. We have noticed an upwards trend in this genre over the last 12 months and to highlight this there are two Animated Documentaries programmes in competition this year – also see Animated Documentaries 2 screening on Monday December 3 at 9pm.
This programme features true life stories including the Velvet Underground’s disastrous first public performance, people trying to make sense of Brexit, some serious musings on overcoming anorexia, growing up with a Downs Syndrome brother and many other powerful and absorbing tales.
There will be an onstage discussion with several of the filmmakers after the screening. Panellists will be revealed in November.
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Brexicuted (Chris Shepherd, UK)
A variety of British characters, interviewed the day after the UK voted to leave the EU, speak about what motivated their decision.
That Yorkshire Sound (Marcus Armitage, UK)
The sounds of Yorkshire from it’s bustling cities to the delicate sounds of the countryside and the hypnotic rhythm of the motorways and train tracks.
Do I See What You See? (Simon Ball, UK)
Dementia, disconnection and seeing the world differently.
The Story of Warfarin – Nature (Ed Prosser, UK)
Blood, rats and anticoagulants.
Music and Clowns (Alex Widdowson, UK)
A moving, humorous and sensitive depiction about caring for someone with Downs Syndrome.
Colorscape Black (Matt Abbiss, UK)
A short history of the colour black encapsulating its origins, black holes and a fashion statement.
Conan O’Brien discusses “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes (Moth Collective, UK)
An account of a friendship with Jack White and what this timeless song means to children and adults around the world.
Egg (Martina Scarpelli, France/Denmark)
A woman is locked in her home with an egg. She eats the egg. She repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger. A brave account of overcoming anorexia.
Bike Trip (Tom Schroeder, USA)
Two bikers travel 500 miles to ask a question about beer.
2018, 10 min
Las Del Diente (Ana Perez Lopez, Spain/USA)
Girls are weird. Babies are weird. Bodies are extra weird. A film about now, a time when women are tired of choosing between having kids and their careers.
The Velvet Underground Played at my High School (Anthony Jannelli & Robert Pietri, USA)
In their first performance in 1965, the Velvet Underground changed music and one young person’s life forever.